Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital?
Olav Kjorven 15/07/2014.
The headline of this article might sound like an oddity, but hear me out
on this. Negotiators at the United Nations are currently debating a new
global development agenda under the headings of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. They are discussing whether things ranging from child nutrition to road safety to violence against women should be part of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will pick up from where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) leave us by the end of 2015. It’s an expert’s dream circus.
But let me offer three quick snapshots to try and convince you that agreeing on shared global development goals, and then actually achieving them, depends on more than expert — or even market — solutions. They require a good dose of faith and spirited energy and action.
WORK AND WORSHIP IN …
Good news from the UN foundation: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations- shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty, improving health, and saving lives.
Some of the important findings:
- The number of children who die before the age of 5 has been reduced by nearly half. In 1990, an estimated 12.6 million children died before the age of 5. By 2012, that number had been cut to an estimated 6.6 million children.
- Global actions to prevent and treat malaria averted an estimated 3.3 million deaths, mostly of children under 5, from 2000 to 2012.
- The proportion of people living in extreme poverty was cut in half between 1990 and 2010.
- All developing regions in the world have achieved, or are close to achieving, gender parity in
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